Near Neighbours is a Government-funded programme that brings people of different faiths and ethnicities together in their local communities to make friends, deepen relationships and transform their communities together.

The photos below are a snapshot of some of the new friendships that have been formed as a result of Near Neighbours activities. The Right Reverend David Urquhart, The Bishop of Birmingham explains further:

"Friendships are wonderful gifts that we can decide to develop with time and energy. Friendships that build bridges between people of different faiths and ethnicities are really good for us as individuals, enriching our lives, challenging our stereotypes and broadening our imagination.

They are also good for communities, strengthening them, removing prejudices and healing fragmentation. Friendships have the potential to move us from distant respect to deep appreciation, from mere tolerance to full participation, in founding healthy, peaceful and generous communities. Most of the major faiths urge us to love God and love our neighbours.

Let us together build friendships that change us and transform the places in which we live."


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